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Poster: daliguana Date: Jul 19, 2007 4:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Your dreamteam stereo setup

Its been brought to my attention that my computer stereo setup is most likely severely lacking. With the ability to use my computer as a library and patch in a stereo, my question to all you knurds out there: 1)what is your dreamteam stereo?
2)what can a budget-minded dood look for on ebay that will do the trick?
Ideally, this will be amp (and pre-amp, if needed), and speakers.

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Poster: tigerbolt Date: Jul 19, 2007 8:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your dreamteam stereo setup

really depends on what you want to spend.i'm a big fan of NAD equipment,top line gear above price than what you see at best buy or circuit city and just below the super high end gear that runs 3000 dollars and above.NAD'S amps are super clean check out their website,top notch quality http://nadelectronics.com/index for speakers i love klipsh speakers.one of the best you can get unless you go over the 5000 dollar range http://www.klipsch.com/products/speakers.aspx happy hunting.

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Poster: nagdot Date: Jul 19, 2007 5:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your dreamteam stereo setup

i would go with dual carver xi series amps with polk audio drivers. i would use yamaha dvd ,cd, and tape deck. as for cheap and easy, yamaha equipment is by far the best for the money then sony. jbl speakers are the shiz.

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Poster: deadhead66 Date: Jul 20, 2007 8:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your dreamteam stereo setup

There is no substitute for a good stereo system. My current system comprises a BK Sonata Series 10 preamp, an ADCOM 555 amplifier, a pair of Infinity Quantum 3 speakers (which I have had customized by eliminating the passive crossovers and replacing the dome midranges and their weak-link Litz wires with more durable midranges of equivalent frequency range), a Thorens turntable with a good, durable Audio Technica cartridge and stylus, an NAD 542 CD player (with Burr/Brown D/A converter, as the current top-end network players have; this player reads HDCD's, which are 44.1kHz/20-bit encoded, as well as Red Book standard 44.1kHz/16-bit CD's and CD-R's), a Yamaha DVD-A player (essential for high-end listening to DVD-A's, which are encoded to 96kHz/24-bit or 192kHz/24-bit standards), a Sony SA-CD player (you must have a proper SA-CD DAC in an SA-CD player to hear true SA-CD sound, and Sony makes players that do; skip this technology, however, as it is painful in the high-end and causes components to run at high temperatures), a Nakamichi MR-2 cassette deck with pitch control for playback in recording, and a Nakamichi Dragon three-head cassette deck for listening playback and recording. Don't buy modern speakers with composite elements; they are terribly expensive yet sound awful. You need good three-way or four-way vintage speakers for the best sound. Avoid polycell cones; go for big woofers and ribbon tweeters. And don't forget the Monster speaker cable and gold-tipped, oxygen-free connector cables.

Best,
deadhead66

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Jul 19, 2007 8:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your dreamteam stereo setup

A great external soundcard for the money is the M Audio Audiophile USB. It's AC powered, which drives the electronics better than the computer bus power. It connects to the computer by a USB cable and to other equipment by RCA jacks. It contains an adequate headphone amplifier or can be fed into a preamplifier as though it were a CD player.

If you want headphones, the AKG 701 give dynamite sound for just a few hundred $s.

Whatever you do, don't use the computer sound card to listen to music.

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Poster: daliguana Date: Jul 19, 2007 9:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your dreamteam stereo setup

I have a computer soundcard and I use it to listen to all my music. You're saying external soundcard is the way to go? Before I settled down, about every three or four years I'd give away everything I had and that included my stereo. I now listen to all my music on the computer and don't have any stereo equipment. Thanks for all the suggestions. You don't know what you have until its gone, and sometimes even after its gone you don't know what you lost if you have a semi-suitable replacement. I look forward to upgrading this equipment - as of now, I just have a 5.1 computer speaker system.

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Jul 20, 2007 6:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your dreamteam stereo setup

Computer sound cards have cheap electronics and run off noisy power. They're adequate for reproducing sound effects, news feeds, etc., but if you want purer, cleaner sound, then you definitely want an external D/A converter. If you get good speakers and amplification, then it's still garbage in, garbage out if you feed them with the computer sound card's signal.

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Poster: nagdot Date: Jul 20, 2007 10:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your dreamteam stereo setup

what i have now is a panasonic 5 disc dvd/cd 5.1 @30w/ channel home theatre system .for under 500$ they build up to 1000w 7.1 systems kenwood,onkyo,sony etc.best buy even has a payment plan like 90 days same as cash.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Jul 19, 2007 7:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your dreamteam stereo setup

Vintage audiophile grade sound equipment can be found on a very tight budget at E-bay. The usual caveats apply, check the feedback of the seller thoroughly...anybody with a lot of feedback and a 100% rating has probably worked hard to make things right when a problem has arisen.

I'm partial to Phase Linear equipment, and have seen amp and pre-amp sell for under 200 bucks. This is about an 80% discount from new. Bang & Olufsen is another that can be had at a deep discount. Do a little research and you'll find a real bargain. Speakers are a bit of a different animal since packaging and freight are involved, but again some real bargains can be had.

Another option is powered studio monitors such as M-Audio BX8A. These are available from Musicians Friend and have some great sound qualities. There are other brands to chose from depending on your budget, and a powered subwoofer may be necessary for good Phil bomb response. Since each of the BXA speakers contains it's own amp, it really like plug and play. They also work great with home theater stuff.

The last option is using PA equipment, which can also be had relatively cheap. I have a Behringer 500 watt studio reference amp that will function as an excellent audiophile quality power source.

In any case E-bay can be a great source, especially for vintage stuff. Again, check out soem audiophile message boards, research your topic well, then go after it.